WGBH recently reported on the challenges the signature requirements for ballot access in MA pose even for big party candidates in the times of social distancing.It is ridiculous that you can register to vote online, yet you can't petition for signatures online. In reality the signatures often are collected by paid services. So in pre-COVID times it simply depended on how much money you could put into that. It is basically a measure to limit ballot access and suppress voter choice.
The Libertarian Party has called for abandoning the current model. Either replace it with online petitioning or substitute it with a simple filing fee - which would be the equivalent to the practice of paying signature collection serivces.
One initiative that is especially important for Massachusetts that is directly affected by this is the proposed ballot question on Ranked Choice Voting. The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts has supported this initiative since 2019. Find out more at: